Folate Vs. Folic Acid – And The Critical Difference It Makes in Your Health


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Do you know the difference between folate and folic acid?  There is  is a vast difference between these two nutrients.  Folate is naturally found in food, and carries with it no known downside.  Folic acid, on the other hand, a synthesized compound, carries with it potential serious health risks.  As folic acid researcher David Smith, PhD, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England, said in the Prevention magazine article which triggered public concern over this B vitamin, “Unlike folate, folic acid isn’t found in nature, so we don’t know the effect of the excess.” 

At Designs for Health we fully understand and appreciate the critical roles in regard to health that folates play, including facilitating proper methylation for optimal genetic expression, and lowering the risk of neural tube defects and cardiovascular disease, both associated with elevated homocysteine levels.  We, thus, encourage the addition of folate-containing foods as part of a healthy diet.

Important sources of folate

  • leafy green vegetables
  • fruits
  • legumes
  • liver
  • eggs
  • dairy products
  • orange juice

However, it is often difficult to obtain therapeutic amounts of many nutrients strictly through the diet, which is where supplementation steps in.


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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyTracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best.  Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease:  Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet.  And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health.  Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.

By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:

  • Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
  • Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
  • Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
  • Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
  • Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme,  there's a good chance you are in the right place.If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.

There are no coincidences.  All good things come from God.